Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his spouse Empress Masako swapped ceremonial robes for white tie gown as they attended a banquet to mark his formal ascension to the throne on Tuesday.
The pair had been pictured smiling as they arrived on the court docket banquet, in Tokyo, within the night following a day of pomp and ceremony which noticed three cheers of ‘banzai’ – which means ‘lengthy reside the king’ – ring by way of the corridors of the Imperial Palace.
Round 2,00zero friends from 180 completely different international locations attended the occasion throughout the day, earlier than donning their finery for the night’s leisure.
Queen Letizia of Spain was usually elegant in a sweeping pink robe by Carolina Herrera and a diamond tiara as she arrived for the occasion on the arm of her dapper husband King Felipe.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands additionally pulled out all of the type stops, making a dramatic entrance in a floor-length pink and black creation that co-ordinated with husband King Willem-Alexander’s formal apparel.
Prince Charles attended with out his spouse the Duchess of Cornwall, whereas Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria was demure in a peach lace gown as she accompanied her father, King Karl XVI Gustaf.
The European royals joined dignitaries from world wide for the glittering gala, which kicked off with a present by court docket entertainers, adopted by a sit-down meal.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (centre left and proper) sit on the head of the banqueting corridor alongside the Sultan of Brunei (far left) and King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (far proper)
International dignitaries collect on the Grand Corridor throughout the the court docket banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo tonight
Company arrived on the banquet this night of their best apparel. The Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh and his spouse (left) and King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (proper)
Japanese dignitaries and authorities representatives elevate their arms giving a banzai cheer throughout the enthronement ceremony on the Imperial Palace
Simply earlier than 9pm a whole lot of well-wishers gathered exterior of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to have fun the enthronement, waving flags, a few of them shouting ‘Banzai!’ virtually in sync with the ceremony that they monitored on their smartphones.
Many individuals lined up on the sidewalk ready for Naruhito’s royal automotive to move as he went to and from the palace for the ceremony.
Earlier Tuesday, Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement on the Imperial Palace, the place he was congratulated by three cheers of ‘Banzai!’.
Queen Letizia of Spain was usually elegant in a sweeping pink robe by Carolina Herrera and a diamond tiara as she arrived for the occasion on the arm of her dapper husband King Felipe, as pictured proper. President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev and his spouse Desislava Radeva (left) additionally arrived in type
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark joined the European royals making an entrance on the banquet. The Danish princess appeared resplendent in a mauve, off-shoulder robe full with a glittering cape in the identical color
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrive in conventional night gown
Dignitaries attending the night banquet filed previous the royal couple and bowed in greeting earlier than being handled to leisure and dinner
Court docket entertainers placed on a present for royal attendees forward of a banquet for the newly-enthroned Emperor
Crown Princess Victoria (L) of Sweden and her father Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden arrive on the Imperial Palace for the banquet. The Swedish princess opted for a demure peach lace gown and accessorised with a comparatively modest tiara
Britain’s Prince Charles (left) and Prince Albert II of Monaco (proper) arrive throughout the white tie banquet
Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his spouse Monika Babisova made a good-looking pair as they arrived for the night time’s festivities. Monika opted for a glance of all-out glamour, pairing a flowing silky white robe with point-toe heels
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (proper) had been amongst present and former heads of state to attend the day’s occasions
Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (left) arrives on the night banquet
Sayyid Assad bin Tariq bin Taimur Al Stated, Deputy Prime Minister for Worldwide Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Particular Consultant for His Majesty the Sultan of Oman (proper) arrives on the banquet
King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrive to attend the Court docket Banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo tonight
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, (second from proper), and Empress Masako, (proper), welcome Sweden’s Carl XVI Gustaf, (middle), and his daughter Crown Princess Victoria, (second from left), previous to a court docket banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema (centre proper) communicate with Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko (centre left) on the Grand Corridor
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, international dignitaries and authorities representatives attend the court docket banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan
From left: Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf attending the court docket banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (left) listens to Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (proper) whereas attending the court docket banquet
An outline of the Grand Corridor throughout the court docket banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Company had been handled to a collection of cultural performances (pictured)
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (second proper) and Empress Masako (proper) welcome Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (centre) and Queen Jetsun Pema (second left)
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi observe the ‘Takamikura’ and ‘Michodai’ thrones on the state room
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and his spouse arrive to attend the Court docket Banquet on the Imperial Palace
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive to attend the Court docket Banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Japanese Empress Masako (proper) smiles as she attends the Court docket Banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan tonight alongside numerous different royals
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (centre left), Empress Masako (centre proper), international dignitaries and authorities representatives attend the court docket banquet
President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his spouse Elke Budenbender arrive collectively on the occasion which has attracted royals from everywhere in the world
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrive collectively in conventional gown for the banquet
President of Finland Sauli Niinisto and his spouse arrive in a black automotive for the banquet which adopted the enthronement ceremony at present
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) and his spouse Naraporn Chan-ocha (proper) arrive on the Imperial Palace
The Vatican’s Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives on the Imperial Palace for the court docket banquets after the ceremony of the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo
Spain’s King Felipe (proper) and his spouse Queen Letizia (left) smiled as they loved the environment of the official banquet in Tokyo, Japan
Myanmar’s politician Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured) arrives on the Imperial Palace for the banquet after the enthronement ceremony at present
From Oxford to Japan’s Imperial Palace: How Naruhito was groomed to rule – whilst his spouse struggled to slot in
Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito begins his reign going through the fragile activity of balancing modernity with the traditions of the world’s oldest monarchy, together with defending his household from the palace’s inflexible guidelines.
The 59-year-old has been crucial in regards to the generally stifling way of life imposed on royals, after it was revealed spouse Masako has been receiving therapy for ‘adjustment dysfunction’ virtually their complete marriage.
Born on February 23, 1960, Naruhito was the primary Japanese prince to develop up underneath the identical roof as his dad and mom and siblings – royal kids had been beforehand raised by nannies and academics.
He studied for 2 years at Oxford College within the 1980s after graduating with a historical past diploma in Japan, and reportedly adorned his residence with a poster of American actress Brooke Shields.
In Britain, he was in a position to shed a few of the strictures of royal life in Japan, mingling with different college students in addition to the British royal household, and he has spoken fondly of that interval.
In 1993, he wed Masako Owada, who turned empress when Naruhito assumed the Chrysanthemum throne.
The daughter of a diplomatic household and educated at Harvard and Oxford, Masako left behind a promising diplomatic profession of her personal to marry into the royal household.
Naruhito promised to ‘defend her at any value’ as she made the transition, and Masako defined she had sacrificed her profession to ‘make myself helpful on this new path’.
She additionally got here underneath huge strain to bear a son as a result of Japan’s imperial succession excludes girls. This scrutiny solely intensified after she gave start to Princess Aiko in 2001 – the couple’s solely baby.
In 2004, Naruhito accused palace minders of stifling his spouse’s persona, in unprecedented public remarks.
Naruhito later apologised, however he has referred to as for ‘new royal duties’ to suit fashionable occasions.
The strain on Masako eased considerably when her sister-in-law gave start in 2006 to a son, the now 13-year-old Prince Hisahito.
She appeared assured throughout Naruhito’s enthronement in Might and comfy when the royal couple welcomed US President Donald Trump as the primary international chief to greet the brand new emperor.
Naruhito turned emperor and his spouse Masako turned empress on Might 1 in a short ceremony, however Tuesday’s ‘Sokui no Rei’ was a extra elaborate ritual on the royal palace wherein he formally introduced his change in standing to the world.
‘I swear that I’ll act based on the structure and fulfil my accountability because the image of the state and of the unity of the folks,’ the 59-year-old declared, his voice barely hoarse, in entrance of about 2,00zero friends, together with Britain’s Prince Charles.
‘I sincerely hope that Japan will develop additional and contribute to the friendship and peace of the worldwide group, and to the welfare and prosperity of human beings by way of the folks’s knowledge and ceaseless efforts.’
The primary Japanese emperor born after World Warfare Two, Naruhito acceded to the throne when his father, Akihito, turned the primary Japanese monarch to abdicate in two centuries after worrying that advancing age would possibly make it exhausting to carry out official duties. He’s 85.
The long-planned celebrations, for which Japan declared a nationwide vacation, had been tempered by Hurricane Hagibis, which killed not less than 82 folks when it tore by way of Japan 10 days in the past, and pouring rain early on Tuesday.
A public parade was postponed till subsequent month to permit the federal government to commit its consideration to the storm clean-up, whereas Tuesday’s inclement climate pressured the palace to cut back the variety of courtiers in historic robes participating within the courtyard ceremony though the skies cleared because it started.
On the sound of a gong within the Matsu-no-Ma, or Corridor of Pine, essentially the most prestigious room within the palace, two courtiers bowed deeply and drew again purple curtains on the ‘Takamikura’ – a 6.5-metre (21 toes) excessive pavilion that weighs about eight tonnes.
Naruhito was revealed standing in entrance of a easy throne, wearing burnt-orange robes and a black headdress, with an historic sword and a boxed jewel, two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures, positioned beside him.
Fifty-five-year-old Harvard-educated Empress Masako, carrying heavy 12-layered robes and with hair flowing down her again, stood in entrance of a smaller throne to the facet. Such conventional robes can weigh round 15 kilogrammes (33 kilos).
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a congratulatory speech earlier than assembled dignitaries together with Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor’s youthful brother, and his household, all adorned in brightly-coloured robes. Different friends included U.S. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao and Myanmar civilan chief Aung San Suu Kyi.
Abe led a trio of cheers of ‘banzai’, or ‘lengthy life’, for the emperor, earlier than a 21-gun salute.
‘As he’s younger and energetic with excellent management, I hope he’ll assist the folks of Japan, which has confronted steady disasters and typhoons,’ stated Tomoko Shirakawa, 51, who was among the many crowds of umbrella-clutching residents packing the realm in entrance of the palace.
A court docket banquet is because of be held on Tuesday night, earlier than Naruhito and Masako host a tea social gathering for international royalty on Wednesday afternoon.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito (pictured) proclaimed himself Emperor throughout an enthronement ceremony on the Imperial Palace, declaring himself the nation’s 126th monarch
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar arrives to attend the Court docket Banquet on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Round 2,00zero friends from 180 completely different international locations attended the occasion throughout the day, earlier than donning their finery for the night’s leisure. Pictured: Japan’s Empress Masako
Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima dressed up for the formal event which noticed heads of state from world wide collect
Emperor Naruhito (left) stands contained in the ornate Takamikura throne room and Empress Masako (proper) stands contained in the smaller Michodai throughout a ceremony to formally mark his ascension to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne
Standing alongside the brand new Emperor throughout the ceremony was his spouse, Empress Masako, who hardly ever takes half in royal ceremonies amid considerations for her well being
Empress Masako – wearing a royal gown which might weigh as a lot as 33lbs, making it tough to stroll – leaves the Pine Room at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace after the ceremony
Naruhito learn a brief speech confirming his enthronement wherein he swore to uphold Japan’s structure, fulfil his function as an emblem of the state, and unite the nation’s 127million folks
Britain’s Prince Charles chatting with Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik whereas attending the enthronement ceremony the place Japan’s Emperor Naruhito formally proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (entrance row left) and his daughter Crown Princess Victoria (entrance row second left), Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni (second row left), Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (second row fourth from left) and Queen Jetsun Pema (second row third from left) attending the enthronement ceremony
Belgium’s King Philippe (centre proper) and Queen Mathilde (centre left) attending the enthronement ceremony the place Japan’s Emperor Naruhito formally proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Shinzo Abe raises his fingers above his head whereas shouting ‘banzai’, which accurately interprets as ‘10,00zero years of life’ however means one thing much like ‘lengthy reside the Emperor’
Courtesans and officers elevate their arms with chants of ‘banzai’ throughout a ceremony contained in the Room of Pine at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace to mark Naruhito’s official ascension to the throne
Prince Charles stands subsequent to Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (left) because the ceremony takes place, whereas Queen Letizia of Spain and her husband King Felipe VI (proper) additionally look on
Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino (proper), Naruhito’s brother, and his spouse Crown Princess Kiko (second proper) arrive on the Imperial Palace together with their family forward of Tuesday’s ceremony
An eight-ton throne, a 24-inch tall hat, and secret treasures the emperor can not have a look at: Pomp and ceremony of Japan’s ascension ritual
Not often seen outfits, elaborate thrones and historic paraphernalia adorn Tuesday’s sacred and opulent ceremony marking the formal ascension of Emperor Naruhito to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne.
The brand new emperor took the throne earlier this 12 months after his father Akihito’s abdication, however the proclamation ceremony cements the transition in gorgeous type.
Listed below are a few of the parts that had been on present:
– Imperial Thrones –
The emperor and empress are every allotted an infinite throne, consisting of a comparatively restrained seat set inside an elaborate cover atop a fenced platform.
The emperor’s eight-tonne throne is named ‘Takamikura’, whereas the empress’s smaller ‘august seat’ is called ‘Michodai’.
The buildings are manufactured from lacquered cypress wooden and had been disassembled for transport from the traditional capital of Kyoto to Tokyo for the ceremony.
Naruhito contained in the Takamikura, his royal throne, whereas spouse Masako sits contained in the Michodai. Naruhito’s brother, Akishino, watches wearing orange whereas Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister, offers a cheer of ‘banzai’ or ‘lengthy reside the king’
The emperor’s seat sits inside a cover that includes wealthy purple curtains hanging from a roof embellished with golden curlicue adornments and 16-petal chrysanthemum crests.
Beneath is an oblong stage with low pink fencing and facet panels painted with legendary animals.
On the factors of the octagonal roof sit golden phoenixes, with one other bigger model of the hen atop the roof’s peak.
To both facet of the emperor’s chair are desks the place a sacred sword and jewel, a part of the imperial regalia, and seals shall be positioned.
However the emperor won’t really sit on the throne throughout the ceremony, remaining standing all through.
– The brand new emperor’s garments –
For the ceremony, the emperor will put on a silk outfit within the ‘sokutai’ or ceremonial type. The outfit is now hardly ever seen and is dominated by a voluminous draped brown-gold outer gown with lengthy, vast sleeves and a cinched waist.
Royal apparel usually consists of motifs of birds, as they had been thought of divine envoys in historic occasions and the emperor’s outer garment is embellished with a legendary Chinese language phoenix, believed to symbolise the arrival of peace.
Emperor Naruhito wears a sokutai gown adorned with photos of a Chinese language phoenix, believed to sign the arrival of peace. His hat is named a kanmuri, and has a easy black base topped with a black tail that extends as much as 24 inches within the air
Throughout the ceremony, the emperor and different male royals will carry a ‘shaku’ or sceptre – a slim plain wood plate not in contrast to a big shoehorn.
Prior to now, royals would generally connect ‘cheat sheets’ to the again of the shaku to assist information them by way of complicated rituals.
However the crowning glory of the emperor’s outfit is the kanmuri hat, which consists of a easy flat black base and a towering black tail on the again that extends upright 60 centimetres (about 24 inches).
– Match for an empress –
Empress Masako will put on an elaborate outfit generally often called ‘junihitoe’ or many-layered gown.
Masako is predicted to put on outfits with a part of the wealthy pink sleeves and backside seen beneath a number of layers of various lengths. High layers shall be mild lilac and inexperienced shades with mild purple lapels.
Empress Masako dressed within the junihitoe, or many-layered gown, which is heavy, tough to stroll in, and infrequently seen exterior ceremonies
Masako’s hair shall be sculpted into a method that sweeps up and out to the perimeters with a protracted ponytail extending from the again and a big golden hairpiece pinned above her brow.
The frilly conventional outfit, which might be exhausting to stroll in due to its weight, isn’t seen exterior imperial rituals and weddings.
– The sacred treasures –
The ceremony wouldn’t be full with out the presence of the ‘sacred treasures’. Japanese mythology has it that the solar goddess Amaterasu bequeathed the regalia to the imperial line two millennia in the past.
The treasures are the ‘Yata no Kagami’, a mirror, ‘Kusanagi no Tsurugi’, a sword, and the ‘Yasakani no Magatama’, an unspecified jewel.
The possession of the ‘three sacred treasures’ is taken into account essential proof of an emperor’s legitimacy, however there aren’t any pictures of them and even the emperor can not see them.
The treasures had been handed to the brand new emperor within the preliminary enthronement ceremony held on Might 1.
Throughout the upcoming proclamation ceremony, a reproduction sword and the unique jewel shall be introduced in wrapped in material. Each are stored on the palace, together with a reproduction mirror that isn’t introduced out for ceremonies.
Forward of the enthronement ceremony, Naruhito went to the Kashikodokoro shrine on the Imperial Sanctuaries to report the beginning of the rituals to the Shinto deities together with goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan’s emperors
Empress Masako carrying white joins her husband to report the enthronement ceremony to the Shinto deities, forward of the ceremony itself
Fumihito, Naruhito’s brother and formally often called Japanese Crown Prince Akishino (in orange), leaves the ceremony corridor after the rituals have taken place
Akishino’s spouse, Kiko, formally often called Crown Princess Akishino, follows him out of the ceremony corridor
Japan’s Prince Hitachi leaves on the finish of the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia (proper) watch the enthronement ceremony alongside Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (centre), the Emir of Qatar
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrive on the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, left, and Crown Princess Victoria, proper, arrive on the Imperial Palace to attend the ceremony
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (left) and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and his spouse, Naraporn Chan-ocha (proper) had been among the many 2,00zero friends
Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga arrives on the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony
Rodrigo Duterte (left), the President of the Philippines, arrives to look at the ceremony together with daughter Sara
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was amongst dignitaries from 180 international locations invited to look at the ceremony
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to ‘do our utmost to create a peaceable, vivid future stuffed with hope for Japan’ on behalf of the federal government as he attended the ceremony
Britain’s Prince Charles visits the Nezu Museum and Gardens as a part of a Royal Tour of Japan forward of the ceremony
Britain’s Prince Charles arrives on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo amid heavy rain attributable to Hurricane Hagibis, which induced a big parade which was resulting from mark the ascension to be delayed till subsequent month
Mr Abe’s ultra-conservative authorities additionally granted pardons marking the event. The choice was revealed within the particular version of the official gazette, which supplied for about 550,00zero eligible candidates. The choice was not publicly debated.
A royally good guest-list
Royal figures attending the ceremony included:
- Prince Charles, UK
- King Felipe IV and Queen Letizia, Spain
- King Phillppe and Queen Mathilde, Belgium
- Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Denmark
- Grand Duke Henri, Luxembourg
- King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Netherlands
- Crown Prince Hakkon, Norway
- King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria, Sweden
- King Jigme and Queen Jetsun, Bhutan
- Sultan Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar
- King Norodom Sihamoni, Cambodia
- King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Malaysia
- Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei
The pre-war customized of clemency by the emperor has triggered criticism as being undemocratic and politically motivated. On the time of former emperor Akihito’s enthronement, 2.5 million folks got amnesty.
Earlier on Tuesday, the 59-year-old emperor placed on a white gown and prayed at Kashikodokoro and two different shrines. The visits on Tuesday morning are to report back to gods forward of the ceremony, to be attended by 2,00zero friends from in and out of doors Japan.
Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan’s emperors.
Later, Naruhito and his spouse Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, will host a court docket banquet, to be attended by about 400 international dignitaries and representatives from Japan’s administrative, legislative and judicial branches and their spouses.
Though the general public parade was postponed till Nov. 10, NHK public TV stated there have been 26,00zero police offering safety on Tuesday.
Naruhito is uncommon amongst current Japanese emperors since his solely baby, 17-year-old Aiko, is feminine and as such can not inherit the throne underneath present regulation. Until the regulation is revised, the way forward for the imperial household for coming generations rests as a substitute on the shoulders of his nephew, 13-year-old Hisahito, who’s second in line for the throne after his father, Crown Prince Akishino.
Japan’s Crown Princess Kiko arrives on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo forward of Tuesday’s ascension ceremony
Minister for Protection Taro Kono, visitor, Hitomi Noda and former PM of Japan Yoshihiko Noda attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Chief Govt of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam arrives on the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni arrives on the Imperial Palace forward of the ceremony
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah arrive on the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony
Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was amongst international dignitaries to attend the occasion
Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrive on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao arrives on the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony
China’s Vice President Wang Qishan arrives on the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Vatican’s Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives on the Imperial Palace
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his spouse Doris Schmidauer arrive on the Imperial Palace
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind and spouse Savita signify their nation amongst dignitaries from 180 nations
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow arrives to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (proper) and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (second proper) attend the enthronement ceremony the place emperor formally proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Naruhito’s grandfather, Hirohito, in whose identify Japanese troops fought World Warfare Two, was handled as a god however renounced his divine standing after Japan’s defeat in 1945. Emperors now don’t have any political authority.
Although many Japanese welcomed the enthronement ceremony, some shrugged it off as a nuisance. There was not less than one protest with about two dozen folks participating, a small objection in comparison with the generally violent protests when Akihito was enthroned.
‘There isn’t a want for such an elaborate ceremony. Visitors has been restricted and it’s inflicting inconvenience for extraordinary folks,’ stated Yoshikazu Arai, 74, a retired surgeon.
‘The emperor is critical now as an emblem of the folks, however sooner or later, the emperor will now not be mandatory. Issues shall be simply nice with out an emperor.’
Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his spouse, Jetsun Pema, arrive on the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony
President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi and his spouse Samina Alvi go away the Imperial Palace after attending the ceremony
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his spouse Rula Ghani go away the Pine Room at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace
Attendants chant ‘Banzai’ cheer throughout the enthronement ceremony after Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Regardless of heavy rain on the morning of the ceremony, the skies cleared because the rituals began and by the point the royal motorcade left crowds had gathered on the street
An official parade to mark the ascension has been delayed by a month resulting from Hurricane Higibis, however that didn’t cease a whole lot of well-wishers gathering on the street